Anne Graham Lotz, 66, daughter of the Rev. Billy Graham, has issued a warning of impending global doom. According to Graham Lotz, the Rapture is imminent, “Jesus is soon to return to take all of His followers to Heaven with Him,” and the event will cause “mass chaos” on a global scale.
In a blog post titled, “Is God’s Judgments Coming?” Graham Lotz, founder of AnGeL Ministries, warned that God’s “judgment is coming on American and our world and it’s going to be ugly.”
Graham writes, “I believe Jesus is soon to return to take all of His followers to Heaven with Him in what is referred to as the Rapture. While this will be deliverance for His people, can you imagine the impact on our nation, let alone the world, when suddenly every single authentic Christian disappears?”
According to the Graham Lotz, the sudden unexpected loss of the global religious elite as a result of the Rapture will cause “mass chaos.” When Jesus secretly whisks away to heaven “every single authentic Christian,” the loss of vital manpower in the military, political, and financial global institutions will have a catastrophic effect.
“Institutions will collapse. Banks will close. The Stock Market will plunge. Planes will fall out of the sky. Cars will crash on the road. Government in America at every level will disintegrate. Families will be torn apart. In the unprecedented turmoil, our nation will be vulnerable for our enemies to seize the moment and attack us. There will be mass chaos, confusion, fear, grief, despair, anger, threats, danger… judgment.”
Given the fact that the preacher’s definition of “authentic Christians” is “evangelical” and the estimation that evangelicals constitute about 34 to 38 percent of the U.S. population, the catastrophic impact of the Rapture that the preacher envisages with evident relish is realistic. Imagine the disaster that could follow if every evangelical Amtrak train driver, airline pilot, and automobile driver speeding on a highway disappears suddenly into thin air.
She called on Christians to pray and “cry out to God” from May 15 until May 23, “the nine-day period between the Day of the Ascension of Jesus and the Day of Pentecost.”
Graham Lotz’s warming will resonate with millions of Americans. A 2010 Pew Research Center poll found that 41 percent of Americans say Jesus Christ will return to Earth by 2050, with 23 percent saying Jesus will “definitely” return by that date and 18 percent saying “probably.”
Graham Lotz’s doomsday vision of imminent total institutional collapse — “Banks will close. The Stock Market will plunge. Planes will fall out of the sky. Cars will crash on the road. Government in America at every level will disintegrate” — reflects the pattern of intensifying religious and pseudo-religious apocalyptic thought preoccupation in the far right of the political spectrum in the context of extreme political-ideological polarization of the nation.
Apocalyptic socio-political thought preoccupation elaborated in the context of right-wing political fears about the threat of left-wing political ideology (NWO/Illuminati world takeover) and policies, such as immigration, same-sex marriage, and issues of religious freedom, has spawned a far right-wing conspiracy theory blogosphere where Christian eschatological thought is expressed often in conjunction with a dense tangle of New Age paranormal beliefs that incorporate pseudo-scientific theories about UFOs and aliens.
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